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Report: Steelers Reward Maurkice Pouncey with 5-Year Extension

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers recognize they need to keep their offensive line in tact if they want to get back to the playoffs. In an effort to do so, they've rewarded center Maurkice Pouncey with a five-year extension.

Pouncey is one of the NFL's richest offensive lineman. His new extension is worth $44 million, including $13 million in guaranteed money.

In new money, Pouncey is the NFL's highest-paid center at $8.8 million. His new deal will pay him $48 million over the next six years.

The 24-year-old Pouncey was selected 18th overall by the Steelers in the 2010 Draft. Since coming to Pittsburgh, he's been one of the best at his position.

Pouncey is also fortunate because about nine months ago, he suffered a torn ACL.

Maurkice's twin brother, Mike, is a center for the Miami Dolphins and has been vocal in his desire for a new contract as well.

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